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Forging Connections

Posted on December 12, 2017 by - Uncategorized

“The benefits to personal wellness and health that accompany the experience of owning a hot tub can turn any size backyard into a personal retreat for true peace and recovery.”

-David Ghiz, Founder of Imagine Backyard Living

We are all about fostering connections with individuals, partnerships, and community. At Imagine Backyard Living, we work with several of the most respected companies in the pool and backyard living industry. This goes to show that we value quality time, and even more, as a family run business, we put our money where our mouth is.

We are invested in creating an inviting and comfortable space for you and your family and friends to connect in. In fact, at Imagine Backyard Living, we think that it is essential to slow down, take a break from the hustle and bustle and appreciate life’s beauty. Here’s how we believe that hot tubs can do just that:

Entertain
As a central location to unite friends and family, hot tubs can provide year round spaces for entertaining. Call up your closest friends and invite them over for an evening under the stars.

Connect
Regardless of age, anyone can discover an ability to connect for a few minutes a day when sharing a long, comforting soak in a hot tub. Instead of watching television or playing on the computer, hot tubs offer an unfettered capacity to connect through conversation and facetime.

Relax
Having a space dedicated to unwinding is a great way to diminish stress and anxiety. Hot tubs can help sooth frayed nerves, calm your central nervous system and promote the flow of endorphins to decrease the hectic feeling associated with stress.

Preparing for Winter Garden Care

Posted on December 5, 2017 by - Uncategorized

While this winter has been mild by comparison to other seasons, it is still important to be prepared for the eventual cold snap and what it can do to your beloved garden. Helping your garden plants survive below freezing nights can be a tedious affair but it is worth spending the time on safekeeping your plants come spring.

Potted Plants

For potted plants, the easiest thing to do is to move them inside if you have the space. Most outdoor potted plants will do fine spending multiple days indoors. If you get into an extended cold snap, consider putting them outside for short periods of time during the warmest part of the day or situate them as close to windows that get direct light.

Outdoor Plants

For outdoor plants, shrubs, and small trees, there is a multi-stepped approach that is almost full proof at keeping your plants alive, even through a long, cold night.

  1. Water before nightfall. Watering plants as the sun goes down ahead of a freezing night actually helps insulate their roots and prevents them from sustaining irreversible damage.
  2. Cover them up. Use old sheets or purchase burlap or canvas and gently cover any exposed plants like shrubs and small trees. It is important to be careful about damaging branches and always remove the covers during the day so that the plants can continue to get sun.
  3. Plant natives. Well this might not help with some plants already in the ground but it is always a good idea to plan your garden using only native plants that have evolved in exactly the types of conditions present where you live. This will mean that they are less likely to sustain weather or climate-related damage like a cold winter night.

Irrigation Systems

If you have a drip irrigation system in your garden, be sure to turn it on at a low rate during overnight freezes to prevent water from settling in the hoses and damaging them. Irrigation systems can be quite expensive and difficult to repair so anything you can do to protect such a valuable asset is important.

Most importantly, just because it’s getting cold outside, don’t forget to enjoy your garden even during the winter months. Make sure to take the time to go outside and appreciate the way that certain perennials look without their foliage, or to discover what types of insects and birds and other critters use your garden as a shelter and a home when the temperatures dip.

How the Outdoors Reduces Stress

Posted on November 21, 2017 by - Uncategorized

More and more research keeps coming out citing the benefits of getting outside and enjoying natural beauty. At Imagine Backyard Living, we believe that you reap these benefits you don’t have to go far. In fact, having a personal outdoor oasis in your own backyard is a pivotal way to enjoy the natural world from the comforts of your home.

Here are several ways that getting outdoors can make you healthier:

  1. Makes Exercise Easier
    Finding the time to fit in exercise can be a weekly challenge. The beauty of spending time in your own backyard means fresh air, a closer gym, and an enhanced ability to take in the trees, grass, landscaping all while getting your heart rate up.
  2. Increase Brain Function
    Spending time outdoors is said to increase concentration skills and boost creativity. Start a morning routine with your coffee in your backyard and get an extra leg up on the day!
  3. Vitamin D
    Most individuals soak up their vitamin D from the sun. It is a necessary vitamin for bone growth, cell growth, to reduce inflammation and boost immune function. Be careful though, too much sun and exposure can increase the risk for skin cancer. You only need about 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight daily to satisfy your vitamin D needs.
  4. Boost Happiness
    Spending time outdoors can help decrease stress levels and help you gravitate to a more positive mood. Take protection and comfort from your outdoor property and revel in the natural desert environment of the Valley of the Sun!
  5. Hydrotherapy

A relaxing soak in the warm soothing waters of a Jacuzzi Hot Tub will go miles to improve your physical and mental health and overall wellness.

Our team at Imagine Backyard Living knows that the sky’s the limit when it comes to designing your ideal outdoor environment. Get in touch today and let us help you bring your outdoor dreams to fruition while helping you reduce stress.

Gardening Tips for the Low Desert Fall Season

Posted on November 8, 2017 by - Uncategorized

Early fall is a wonderful time in the low deserts of Arizona. Nights are fresh and days are still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. It is also one of the best times of year to enjoy time in your garden.

It is a great time to start planting cool seasonal flowers and other plants that you will be able to enjoy through the first hard freeze of the winter. Beginning in the end of September and going through February, annuals like calendula, pansies, and poppies take well to the cooling soil. October is also a great time to sow your wildflower seeds so that you can enjoy their adventurous blooms in mid to late March. In both cases, make sure to choose areas of the yard that receive large amounts of sun with well-drained soil. This is particularly important when we get into the colder evening temperatures. Low lying areas with little sun and poor drainage end up killing delicate flowering plants like annuals and thus negates any attempts at a great fall garden.

This is also the best time of year to add perennials to your garden environment. Plants like Autumn Sage, Blackfoot Daisy, and Desert Marigold are all wonderful options and provide year after year flowerings without requiring very much watering or care. The wonderful thing about perennials is that they also attract native insects and other animals like birds, which  can turn into an entertaining attraction for you and your family.

If you are into vegetable gardening, the mix of fall plants is probably the most diverse of the year. In soil as acidic as ours, it is always a good idea to use raised beds. If you are trying to grow all organic raised beds this also enables you to control the quality of the soil being used. Some great fall vegetable crops are:

  • Asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Beets
  • Leeks
  • Green beans
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Peas

It is important, before getting into vegetable gardening in the desert, that you are committed to a watering plan. Installing drip irrigation as you build a raised bed is a great way to achieve an easily managed garden system. If you are going to hand water, make sure you have a schedule and that you stick to it.

Most of all, use the gardening time to be outside, enjoy your backyard space, and gain some appreciation for the changes in the seasons.

Hot Tub & Swim Spa Truckload Sale

Posted on October 31, 2017 by - Uncategorized

Its time for our semi-annual Jacuzzi Hot Tubs, Sundance Spas & Hydropool Swim Spa Truckload Sale. These are always the biggest events of the years because we are able to offer special pricing on factory over stocks, customer cancelations and Red Tags. The factories need to clear out their warehouses as winter settles in across the country. Their loss is our gain because the best time of year for us is now!

Here are a few of the highlights of this not to be missed event:

  • Save $1000’s on all Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas, plus get a free set of steps and a cover lift.
  • Save even more on factory overstocks, customer cancelations and Red Tags
  • Save up $6000 on HydroPool Swim Spas (plus, receive a bonus fitness kit with purchase). Swim and exercise every day of the year

Imagine your backyard living space as a place for relaxation, healing, wellness and connection.  Imagine Backyard Living is the place to make it a reality
Plan your visit now.

How to Throw a Halloween Garden Party

Posted on October 23, 2017 by - Uncategorized

Halloween is the perfect holiday for hosting an outdoor party. The combination of cool weather, costumes, and an endless number of themes makes for an almost perfect excuse to invite your neighbors, friends, and family over for a night under the stars.

Let’s start with the decor, because any good party is set on a foundation of a well-thought out theme backed up snazzy decor. Consider having a party involving traditional fall garden decor like hay bales for seating, center pieces made of dried corn on the cob, or garden scarecrows as easy crowd pleaser (especially with the kids).

Or if you like, go wild and throw a costume party sock hop where guests are invited to dress like their parents and grandparents did in the golden age of rock and roll. Decorations could include everything from a photobooth and a DJ, to streamers and balloons. For the adults at the party, don’t forget the classic bowl of spiked punch.

Based on the decor and the theme, you can now make your food and refreshment selection. It is always a good idea to go with small finger foods served buffet style on platters. That way you can avoid setting up a seated affair that would include cutlery, stemware, and place settings. While any party platter is easier done through catering, there are plenty of great finger food options that can be purchased in bulk. Don’t get too lavish with the food as you want your guests to enjoy the scene and the environment more than anything else.

Lastly, it’s time to think about logistics. Because the cooler weather and a changing season means more variables to deal with, it is helpful to have a backup plans in place ahead of the party date. For outdoor heating, consider renting  propane heaters from a local party supply outfitter. While you are at it, go ahead and rent serving platters and chafing dishes from the same place so that your buffet can stay warm if the temperatures dip. Most party supply outfitters also provide tents and additional lighting if you are worried about the rain or if your backyard is especially shaded. Most importantly, think about how your guests are going to get to and from your party safely.

Planning a Halloween garden party should always be an enjoyable affair. Have fun with it and make it into an event that you can look forward to.

Sonoran Living

Posted on October 17, 2017 by - Uncategorized

Arizona has it’s own special type of beauty. At Imagine Backyard Living, we are all about harnessing the outdoors as a functional and enjoyable living space for you and your family. This means a dedication to embracing beautiful sunsets, a glorious winter, and other Arizona-specific attributes. We wanted to take a  moment and share a few other reasons why we are proud to call this great state home:

  • Grand Canyon
    Stunning red rocks and 277 miles of breathtaking canyon anchored by the Colorado River, a pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon is an absolute must for those that live here and those that are just visiting.
  • Spring Training
    If you are a baseball enthusiast, you are in luck as many teams capitalize on the beautiful weather for spring training season. From Arizona’s own Diamondbacks to the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cincinnati Reds, there’s always an excuse to head out and cheer on a good game.
  • No Daylight Savings
    We don’t have to remember to change the clocks come spring or fall as Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Savings. Tell that to your friends with kids!
  • Diverse Landscape
    Most people only picture the desert region of Arizona but in fact, the landscape is quite diverse. The Northern part of the state boasts large forests of pine, fir, and spruce in addition to mountain ranges that offer snow and skiing in winter.
  • Wine Country
    Both Sedona and the Verde Valley offer wine options that make for great weekend getaways and can introduce your tastebuds to something new. Plus, you can purchase a few bottles to bring back to your Valley of the Sun home and enjoy in your own private backyard oasis.
  • Year Round Swimming Weather
    Whether you are firing up the hot tub for a soak under the stars or gathering all of your closest friends for a backyard grill out and swim, there’s never a shortage of occasions to make the most of your beautiful outdoor environment.

Buying a Hot Tub: Being Fooled by a “Spa Show” Can Be Pretty Discouraging

Posted on October 5, 2017 by - Uncategorized

Often you will see urgent advertising for a Spa Show or other misleading promotion from local dealers trying to give the impression they are having a ‘show’ featuring many dealers and brands. These are nothing more than misleading advertising tactics to make it seem like its something it is not. If a dealer would mislead you in their advertising, how else will they mislead you?

Here are some important things to consider before you invest in a hot tub:

  • Make sure the brand is recognizable and has been around a long time. At the end of the day, the manufacturer of the spa is going to be your final source of service if the dealer fails or leaves.
  • Check reviews on the product and the dealer.
  • Don’t get confused by all of the talk about what’s under the cabinet. The reason you are investing in a hot tub is for the hydrotherapy and there are major differences between products. Lots of pumps and jets do not equate to a quality hydrotherapy experience.
  • Try before you buy! Get in the hot tub and test the hydrotherapy for yourself. If they don’t have a private area for you to take your time in a test soak, that should evidence enough that they do not want you to try before you buy.
  • Take your time and explore what’s available on the market. Find a dealer and a brand that has a team of people you trust. And, remember, you wouldn’t buy a car without taking a test drive. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!

 

Visit Imagine Backyard Living today and have a shopping experience like you have never had before.  

Simplifying Financing

Posted on October 3, 2017 by - Uncategorized

Sometimes dreams aren’t the hard part. It’s easy to fantasize about crafting the perfect backyard oasis. But when it comes to the tangible steps to getting started on the process of making those dreams happen, it can be difficult to navigate alone. At Imagine Backyard Living, we work with you each step of the way.

We  partner with Paramount Capital Finance who offers free financial services to all of our customers. To help clients identify and obtain the right financial decision for them, Paramount Capital provides program details and guidance tailored to individual’s goals. Although not an exclusive lender for our clients, we believe firmly that Paramount Capital  is a value-added service that can help make your backyard dreams a fruition on a budget that fits your lifestyle.

Other key benefits this partnership offers include:

  • Access to low and fixed variable rates
  • Equity programs
  • Lender programs available throughout the U.S.
  • Zero and low cost closing programs dependent upon state and lender
  • Access to unsecured term loan programs
  • No prepayment penalties
  • No impact to your credit score on inquiry

If you are looking to enjoy the benefits of transforming your property into a beautiful and functional backyard space, get in touch to discuss options with our team, plan a visit to our unique showroom, or jump on in and start an easy pre-application online!

Origins of Imagine Backyard Living

Posted on September 28, 2017 by - Uncategorized

With a rich history, Imagine Backyard Living is one of the most respected hot tub and backyard living retailers in Arizona. Specializing in a range of services that includes landscape design and installation, patio furnishings and accessories, hot tubs and spas, backyard kitchens, heating/cooling amenities, and weekly pool service and repairs, at our one-of-a-kind, experiential showroom, our team delivers a stunning retail experience.

Speaking of our team, President and Owner, David Ghiz came to the business under the tutelage of his father, George Ghiz. George started Paddock Pools, a small Phoenix storefront in 1958. This business quickly grew with a line-up of quality pool products and offerings and eventually evolved into Paddock’s Garden Town on 65th Street & Thomas Rd in Scottsdale in 1964. Paddock’s Garden Town boasted the worlds largest display of pools  and was headquarters for Paddocks huge growth. Davids father passed away in 1988 and he and his brothers built Paddock in the largerst pool and backyard living company in the US, with 17 locatiions in Phoenix and Las Vegas. In 2005, the brothers sold Paddock to a private equity firm out of New York.

George’s son, David, and our fearless leader, grew up with the opportunity to learn from his dad and then expand that vision to into the 17 store Paddock chain. And that’s something that he’s brought with him to Imagine Backyard Living. Assembled of an exceptional team comprised of individuals with decades of experience with David at Paddock, our showroom delivers an experience unlike any other in the country.

Located just east of Scottsdale Quarter near the Greenway-Hayden Loop, Imagine Backyard Living brings together everything you could ever want in a 15,000-square-foot showroom.

In addition to David, our one-of-a-kind team includes:

  • Sharon Van Tassel, CFO/COO-8 years at Paddock
  • Nancy Duffy, Showroom Manager-17 years at Paddock
  • John Amato, Sales Associate-21 years at Paddock
  • John Bryan, Sales Associate
  • Mike Shell, Sales Consultant and Orientation Specialist-6 years at Paddokc
  • Martha York, Processing Coordinator-21 Years at Paddock
  • Buddy Andrews, Owner of Blue Water Pool Chemical Co.
  • Joel Vanzant, Service/Warranty Manager &Certified Service Technician-3 years at Paddock
  • Keil Conley, Certified Service Technician-10 Years at Paddock
  • DJ Ghiz-5 Years at Paddock and Davids nephew!
  • Kurt Gruendler, Sales Associate
  • Brianna Laniga, Adminstrative Assistant and Sharons daughter!

Come meet our team and allow yourself to Imagine the possibilities!